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Public sector oil giants post 25-fold jump in combined profit at Rs 86,000 crore for 2023-24


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New Delhi, May 10: The state-owned oil marketing companies Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum have not only ensured fuel availability at affordable rates in 2023-24, with one of the lowest fuel price inflation globally in India, but they have also rewarded the shareholders’ trust by posting an outstanding annual performance, according to a note prepared by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The combined profit of the three oil marketing companies for FY 2023-24 stood at Rs 86,000 crore, over 25 times higher than the extraordinarily difficult previous fiscal year, the note states.

For the full 2023-24 fiscal, HPCL reported a record net profit of Rs 16,014 crore as opposed to a loss of Rs 6,980 crore in the previous year. Indian Oil Corporation capped an excellent year with the historically best refinery throughput, sales volume and net profit.

BPCL’s profit after tax for FY 2023-24 came in at 26,673 crores, nearly 13 times higher than the previous fiscal year. Additionally, the company’s planned capital outlay of 1.7 lakh crores over 5 years under ‘Project Aspire’ underlines its commitment to creating long-term value for shareholders, the note points out.

Markets have reacted positively to the results with BPCL and HPCL share prices rising after the announcement of results. Moreover, analysts have taken cognisance of the performance and many of them have put a buy recommendation, a strong validation of their annual performance and the outlook for the current fiscal year, it states.

Over the last few years, the government has unleashed the potential of OMCs by allowing the right mix of freedom and accountability. The government maintains an arm’s length distance from their business decisions while fully supporting and encouraging ambitious plans that are aligned with the vision of Viksit Bharat, 2047, the note added.




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